Indonesia open

News from ‘Interviews’

GM Ivan Sokolov: “I want to be the champion”

GM Ivan Sokolov: “I want to be the champion”

Being the top seed is no guarantee of success and GM Ivan Sokolov has not enjoyed an easy ride at the Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2012. The 44-years old has twice had to fight hard to be back in the running. His efforts have paid off as Sokolov managed a win in round eight [...]

GM Yu Yangyi: “I only want to play well”

GM Yu Yangyi: “I only want to play well”

China’s GM Yu Yangyi is the fourth seed and one of the favourites to win Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2012. Yet the tournament leader after seven rounds of play insists that all he wants to do is to play well and will be talking the tournament game by game. This has always been the [...]

Interview with GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly

Interview with GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly

Surya Sekhar Ganguly is one of India’s top players and a permanent member of his country’s national team and one of the favourites to win the Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2012. In recent years Ganguly has also been known as a member of World Champion Viswanathan Anand’s team in his defence of his title. [...]

GM Hoang Thanh Trang – Chasing her dream

GM Hoang Thanh Trang – Chasing her dream

GM Hoang Thanh Trang is soft spoken and possesses a natural courtesy that belies her serious demeanor. The Hungarian No. 1 who is 32 years of age now playing at the Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2012 as part of her preparations for the World Championship later this year. So what are her preparations and [...]

GM Li Chao: “I am fortunate”

GM Li Chao: “I am fortunate”

Defending champion of the Indonesia Open Chess Championship, GM Li Chao of China, is back for IOCC 2012 which is this year being held at the Sahid Hotel in Jakarta from 10-17 October. Although he is one of the favourites as well as the second seed, the 23-year old is quick to play down his [...]

WIM Medina Warda Aulia: “No longer feeling bored”

WIM Medina Warda Aulia: “No longer feeling bored”

WIM Medina Warda Aulia has not yet been at her best at the Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2012. After five rounds, the 15 year old chessplayer has only scored two points. The young holder of two WGM norms is however optimistic over the remaining four rounds of IOCC 2012 and has promised to put [...]

Ummi Fisabilillah: “I am more patient because of chess”

Ummi Fisabilillah: “I am more patient because of chess”

Her usual sweet and cute looks are far from the serious demeanor she adopts when playing chess. But this is just our immediate impression of WFM Ummi Fisabilillah who is just 12 years of age but already a member of the team that represented Indonesia at the World Chess Olympiad 2012. While still very young, [...]

GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami – Chess is unlimited

GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami – Chess is unlimited

Iran’s long time No. 1 GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami is seeded sixteen in the Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2012 but the thirty second ranked Asian chessplayer (according to the FiDE website) does not believe that means anything in such a strong tournament. Currently this football fanatic is in 29th position but the target of [...]

GM Jan Ehlvest – Chess is a Process

GM Jan Ehlvest – Chess is a Process

Jan Ehlvest was one of the world chess elite and is still an active chessplayer today. The 49-year old who has competed in numerous World Cup tournaments and who is also the author of many chess books still manages to maintain a high level of sporting performance. The holder of a Masters degree in Psychology [...]

FM Pitra Andika – I will always be in chess

FM Pitra Andika – I will always be in chess

Indonesian FM Pitra Andika (2340) was responsible for the first big upset of IOCC 2012 when in the second round played on Friday 12 October, he defeated English GM Stephen Gordon. The 27-year old chessplayer was very modest about the result and did not wish to get carried away – this is very much in [...]

Chessdom © 2007 - 2013